Boy Meets Girl

by Jake Mulligan

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday November 26, 2014

The title of Leos Carax's first film, "Boy Meets Girl," almost feels perverse. Could one possibly generate a more generic title? To think it's attached to Carax's film - as with all his others, this is a visually fantastical, idiosyncratic experience - only makes the decision seem sillier, perhaps even satirical. After all, it does take more than half the movie for the boy and the girl to meet!

The film sees longtime Carax muse Denis Levant star as Alex, a frustrated filmmaker who just found that his best friend and his girlfriend are two-timing him. Meanwhile, Carax offers interjections from the eponymous girl, Mirielle: We fade in and out to her simultaneous exploits; her dancing or moping while Alex flails in depression. Visual tricks, rather than narrative, bring them together: Carax, for instance, fading half the screen into Mirielle while the other half remains on Alex. Here's a movie about a couple brought together by cinematic form itself.

"Boy Meets Girl" arrives on home video with but a few extras. We get the requisite trailers and TV spots, for starters. There's also a screen-test from the now-lauded Levant, as well as "raw footage" from the film's shoot, which serves as behind the scenes footage.

However, the Blu-ray does also sport a brand new transfer of the film, sourced from a recent restoration. With it, Carax's compositions are denser, and more affecting: The dissolves and other instances of visual trickery take on an old-school, tactile quality that couldn't possibly have been replicated in lesser formats. And that is the essence of what is so striking about Carax: The hand-made, hand-crafted feel of his movies, and how far he can delve into the absurd and the surreal without losing that feel. Boy meets girl - and cinema meets director.

"Boy Meets Girl"


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